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ROLLING THUNDER: An Historical Novel of War and Politics (Wings of War Book 1) (English Edition) par [Berent, Mark]
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Rolling Thunder is an historical novel about the decisive role politics played during the Vietnam War. Its characters range from men in the field to the Pentagon and the White House. Fighter pilots and Special Forces warriors try to do their best but are hampered by President Johnson, Secretary of Defense McNamara, and their staff members who despise the military. Only one aging USAF general, who fought in Korea and WWII, is on their side. His clashes with his Commander in Chief, Lyndon Johnson, are epic in proportion and startling in content.

In Rolling Thunder, the time is late 1965 and 1966 in war zone places such as Saigon, Hanoi, Bien Hoa, Da Nang, and Tahkli. While back in Washington, LBJ sits over lunch and personally picks bombing targets in an attempt to fight a limited war. In Vietnam the war knows no limits.

There, as the hostilities escalate, the fates of three men intertwine: USAF Captain Court Bannister, overshadowed by a famous movie star father who fought in WWII as a B-17 gunner, driven to confront missiles, MiGs, and nerve-grinding bombing raids in order to prove his worth to his comrades -- and to himself...Air Force First Lieutenant Toby Parker, fresh from the States, who hooks up with an intelligence unit for a lark, and quickly finds his innocence buried away by the lessons of war...and Special Forces Colonel Wolf Lochert, who ventures deep into the jungle to rescue a downed pilot -- only to discover a face of the enemy for which he is unprepared.

Four airline stewardesses, who fly the civilian MAC contract flights that bring American soldiers to and from the war zone in Vietnam, have difficult love affairs with G.I.s and fighter pilots. After one flight they come under attack while on an airbase.

Young American G.I.s are cursed and taunted as they return to the United States.

Through their eyes, and those of many others -- pilots, soldiers, lovers, enemy agents, commanders, politicians, profiteers -- Rolling Thunder shows us Vietnam as few other books have, or can. Berent captures all the intensity and drama of that searing war, and more, penetrates to the heart and soul of those who fought it. Rolling Thunder rings with authenticity.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 416 pages
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0019LNUVA
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Best Vietnam Air War read 29 juillet 2004
Par S. G Spires - Publié sur
Format: Poche
I've read a number of books on the Vietnam War -- fiction and non-fiction. Rolling Thunder is one of the best. This book is the start of a five book series that covers the Vietnam war pretty much from the big American buildup era of 1965 to our last big air battle -- Linebacker II.
For a novel, Rolling Thunder reads like a memoir, and I guess that's because it partially is one for Berent.
His descriptions of air combat are authentic and edge of your seat type stuff. But it is the interactions of the fighter squadron and the wing and big Air Force politics that makes this book a great read.
Rolling Thunder starts with the death of a pilot that was flying with Court Bannister (the hero of these books). The other pilot is not a particularly good stick (or pilot as fighter jocks call them) and manages to prang his F-100 all over the jungle. For Court that's bad, not because he loses a squadmate, but because the guy's a powerful generals son.
The series follows Bannister around for the next seven years and through the last book -- Storm Flight, which ends the war with the Linebacker attacks on N. Vietnam.
Berent manages to weave all the elements of Vietnam -- Saigon dangers, Air Force fighters, Special Forces ground combat and political intrigue in Washington -- all into one story.
The only complaint I had with the series is the inclusion of the obligatory romance in Thailand or some RR spot in every book. The romance element wasn't as entertaining to me, but they are always brief interludes and then its back to work and war.
If you don't know much about the war in Vietnam or the Air Force read these books. They are a good education and entertaining.
24 internautes sur 25 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 The best Vietnam Air War Author 12 mai 2003
Par Un client - Publié sur
Format: Cassette
I have read most of Mark berent's books and they are without a doubt the very best. I know that thye are based in part for sure of real events that took place. Rolling Thunder makes reference to several people and events that I know for a fact did occur, such as the person from the 354'th who shot back at a ship , the Turkestan in Cam Pha and got hauled into a court martial trial along wioht the C.O. The names and some of the story regarding that were changed. Berent makes you feel like you are there along with those guys that busted their butts to fight a war that they were not allowed to win. He has a way of creating characters and other things that are truly realistic, flight line up cards, Frag order etc. IT is very hard to start one of his novels and put it down. THe only bad thing is that you realize tha tyou are almost done reading before long. His knowledge of airplanes and creating a scen for the reader is unmatched by any writer that I know of. I've read all of the books I own several times.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Entertaining and informative 2 juin 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle
The author puts you in the cockpit experiencing the dangers, anxiety and exhilaration of war time combat. The military jargon and alphabet soup of acroynms were presented in an understandable way for those of us never in the armed forces. The main characters were believable and the scenarios authentic. I found this an entertaining and compelling book and learned a lot about the time period.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 REAL ACTION 17 mai 2013
Par Barbara270 - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Great read for anyone who went through the Viet Nam years or has an interest in history. It reads like you're really there and the excitement comes, goes, and builds again. As a female I appreciated the fact that many of the military facts were easily explained for those who never experienced the hell of war. I couldn't put this book down.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Factual and compelling 8 mars 2010
Par Paul F. Brooks - Publié sur
Format: Poche
For many years I have confined my readings about the Viet-Nam War to non-fiction. It was with some trepidation I decided to read this novel about aerial combat and strategic bombing by Mark Berent. I was not disappointed and enjoyed the book.

Mr. Berent has an insider's knowledge of the Viet Nam Conflict from a pilot's perspective having, according to the book's back cover, three tours of duty in South East Asia. This background is on full display as the story is chock full of pilot terminology and period military lingo. I found this layer of realism a big plus in my enjoyment of the book. A word of warning if you are unfamiliar with military pilot talk and terminology your enjoyment of this book could be severely diminished. A glossary of terms would have been helpful.

The story interweaves the Viet-Nam experiences of several individuals. Most are pilots, one is a Special Forces officer and one is a General assigned to the White House. The main story line is the life of a military pilot during his tour of duty December 1965 to December 1966. Interspaced with his experiences are short "big picture" chapters back in Washington with LBJ and McNamara riding heard on the bombing campaign known as Rolling Thunder.

Certainly stereotypes abound in the story after all it is a military novel. Nonetheless I found the tale compelling reading and factual as to events and terminology. If you enjoy these types of novels then I highly recommend this book.
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